British F4 headed to Croft, North Yorkshire for Rounds 13-15 of the 2018 Championship. Arden hit the ground running in Qualifying, with Hauger setting the fastest time to take ‘pole position’ for the first and third races of the weekend. Pasma set the 4th quickest time in the session, with Sebastien Priaulx qualifying 8th and Red Bull Junior Doohan setting the 12th fastest time after a troubled session with technical issues.
The opening race of the weekend saw Hauger lead the way from
first on the grid, holding off his main rival Kiern Jewiss throughout the race.
The two leaders eventually pulled out a gap of ten seconds on the chasing pack,
with Hauger keeping Jewiss at arm’s length through the race.
Hauger held on to take his second victory of the season by 0.5s in a
Pasma made a great start to move himself up into 3rd at the start of the race, a position which he held for the remainder of the race to make it two Arden drivers on the podium in Race One.
Priaulx was pushed down the order in the opening exchanges but battled back well to recover to the final points position in 10th. Teammate Doohan sadly endured a nightmare day, as further technical issues stopped his progress early on in the race.
Race Two started with the Arden drivers making good
progress, with Pasma just ahead of Hauger in 3rd position at the
closed in on the leading pack. Doohan made a brilliantly start, cutting through
the pack with some bold overtakes to latch onto the back of his Red Bull
stablemate Hauger as three Arden’s ran in formation.
Pasma went for an overtake on Johnathan Hoggard at the final corner, however Hoggard turned in and a collision took them both out of the race – promoting Hauger, Doohan and Priaulx up two positions each, before a Safety Car was deployed for a short period.
Doohan was all over the back of Hauger in the closing stages of the race in the fight for the final spot on the podium, with the latter just holding on to take his second podium in a row by just 0.4s from a charging Doohan - who came from the back of the field.
Teammate Priaulx bagged a solid 7th position for Arden for more crucial points in both championships.
The third and final race of the weekend saw Hauger start
from ‘pole position’. It was another faultless race for the Norwegian Red Bull
Junior, he was imperious out front and never headed throughout the race –
managing a Safety Car restart well to take his second victory of the weekend
and third of the season.
Doohan repeated his Race Two heroics and went one better! The Red Bull Junior made some brilliant overtakes once again – including one around the outside of Turn 1 on two of his rivals! After coming through from the back row of the grid, he pulled off a fantastic last corner overtake on Paavo Tonteri, sealing a well-deserved podium finish and 3rd position for his efforts.
Arden teammate Priaulx bagged another solid result with a battling drive to 6th position at the chequered flag, with Pasma once again showing strong - until a collision with Josh Skelton denied him a strong finishing position and caused the sole Safety Car of the race.
As the British F4 Championship heads into a Summer Break,
Hauger is the lead Arden driver in the Driver’s Championship Standings in 3rd
position, with Doohan 4th overall, Priaulx 6th and Pasma
sitting 8th in the points table.
Hauger also leads the F4 Rookie Championship, just ahead of teammate Doohan by just five points.
Arden are 2nd overall in the British F4 Team’s Championship and edge closer to the top after a brilliant weekend at Croft.
The championship next heads to Snetterton on the 29-30 July after a 4-week break, before returning to action for Rounds 16-18 and the second half of the 2018 Championship.